Discussions with the Alkemio Community brought forward that users want to contribute in multiple ways: to growing the community, to framing challenges, to building up shared knowledge. This is now possible! Our selection of collaboration tools now offers you the ability to start collaborating directly in the context. Not in a separate document, or miro board, or spreadsheet, but directly in a Space where you have also gathered the community, the Challenges, and the Knowledge base.
In this Support page, we will explain what types the platform offers, where you can use them, and how the use of our templates can help you.
To make progress on a set of Challenges, you need a way to share information with the community, gather knowledge or allow interaction between members. For each callout to the community, you may want to gather input in a different way. You may want short answers in a discussion, or more visual contributions in the form of a whiteboard. The platform offers you several collaboration tools - and will continue to expand these types - that you can use everywhere. The current set of tools are:
As mentioned before, the Hosts are now able to use these tools on any page! This allows them to ask the question where it makes the most sense. Let’s give you some examples:
To guide you in creating these collaboration tools to activate your community, the Alkemio Innovation Library offers a set of templates. There is a lot of knowledge, best practices and templates out there related to innovation. Organizations as well as knowledge institutions often promote these materials via their websites or internal channels, but it is hard to find for the wider community. More importantly, it is hard to directly use when you want to start collaborating with multiple stakeholders. The platform offers an Innovation Library that gathers all these materials and makes them directly available for you to apply in your Space (more information on this Support Page).
These templates can be used both when you want to open a new callout as well as when you are submitting a new answer or contribution. Note that in principle the leads are able to open a new callout, but they can also choose to allow any member to open a new callout.
There are two relevant types of templates:
These templates allow you to choose a set of default text or questions that each contribution must include. Hereby a few examples as inspiration:
When starting a new Call for posts, you can define the default text to structure the answers of your community. When a member submits a new answer, they will be prompted to fill in these questions.
Secondly, you can use our whiteboard templates to gather input from the community. You can think of templates for stakeholder maps, brainstorm sessions, innovation funnels, etc. When you start a new Whiteboard or a Call for Whiteboards, you can directly choose a template from the library of your Space or the platform’s Innovation Library. You can edit them to make it suitable for the particular question. Everytime a member wants to submit their contribution, they can use the whiteboard.
There are several settings that will help you make the most of these collaboration tools. For example, you can …
The current tools are just a glimpse of what they can offer you in the future, think of Polls, Stack Overflow, or other types of integrations. Have fun using them, share your experiences with other users of the platform, and share your feedback!